Trust me, I’ve been writing about temptation more for myself than for any of you. I have lots to learn in this area.
Again, I want to shine a light into the darkness so that it loses its power.
Today, I thought I’d confess my own weakness. The place I repeatedly find myself vulnerable to temptation.
My Struggle with Temptation
Personally, I frequently find myself obsessed about, consumed with, fixated on the one thing I’m lacking or trying to avoid.
My life can be 99% great, but I’ll find something that isn’t perfect and proceed to develop tunnel vision in that direction. If only I had…
From there, I’ll wallow in self-pity until I feel miserable and totally sorry for myself. It is pathetic, I can assure you.
Of course, once I work myself into this state of DESPERATE HUNGER, I’m vulnerable to the bait of turning stones into bread. (Matt 4:3)
In other words, I seek to fix the situation myself instead of waiting on God’s provision. This leads to other trouble. It can be a steep, downward spiral if not arrested.
At a minimum, it robs me of so much of the happiness and joy that God desires for me.
The Conspiracy Against Me
I believe my flesh, the world and Satan all conspire against me to exploit this weakness of mine.
The world and Satan continually throw things in my face to tempt me to want something I don’t have.
My flesh, with its thirsts and cravings, is easily enticed by greed, envy, lust, comfort and selfishness.
Blinded to the Blessings
The worst part is that all of this, blinds me to my blessings.
My one track mind closes down to the point where it can’t see anything except this one place where I lack. As a result, I develop a scarcity mentality instead of the abundance mentality I
should have get to enjoy as a Christ Follower.
It is ridiculous really, but this same pattern is repeated many times in the Bible.
I’ve found that the antidote for this is actively practicing gratitude.
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. Psalm 23:1 NIV
Yes, there may be seasons where I have to do without in certain areas of my life, but in the big picture, I have MORE THAN ENOUGH and that’s where I need to focus my mind.
I believe that’s exactly what Paul was telling us in this scripture:
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Philippians 4:8 NLT
I need to continually fix my mind on the things in my life that are “excellent and worthy of praise” instead of that one thing I lack. I have SO MUCH to be thankful for. Yet, I repeatedly fall for this temptation. It is maddening!
I know that intentional gratitude is the cure.
Now, if I could just keep my eyes open to this truth!
Am I alone in this or can you relate? Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts.